An Attempt at Philosophical Interpretation
II. Trompe-L ’oeil: the Aspects
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II. Trormpe-L’oeil: the Aspects
1. The mirror of Nature, mimesis
Illusionistic painting – and perforce Gombrich’s reflection – is part of the aforementioned Plato-Kant canon, in which the “final vocabulary” relies on the opposition between appearance and reality. Rorty, when describing this type of philosophy, notices that it is dominated by a variety of images and metaphors, the most important being the image of the mind as a mirror. A mind thus conceived can be perfected: both Descartes and Kant sought nothing else, searching for the most accurate representations. Rorty sums up this image as follows:
The notion of an unclouded Mirror of Nature is the notion of a mirror which would be indistinguishable from what was mirrored, and thus would not be a mirror at all.1
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